Information governance doesn't have to be a boil-the-ocean effort. ROI can even be attained through existing IT and compliance initiatives or trigger events like e-discovery or regulatory response.
Short-term efforts in data management still reap immediate benefits and results, as well as contribute to significant downstream savings as part of a broader long-term strategy. Moreover, integrating information governance in everyday response can help ensure better go-forward best practice. Whether the efforts are reactive or proactive, or whether they apply to legacy data or go-forward policy, there is great value in knowing what data you have and where it's located.